Daniel Farke’s Canaries FINALLY get their first Premier League win of the season with a resilient showing against fellow promoted outfit to give them hope
- Mathias Normann scored a fine solo goal to give the visitors a surprise early lead
- Bees’ Charlie Goode then fouled Teemu Pukki, who scored the resulting penalty
- Recalled forward Bryan Mbeumo then had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside
- Brentford left wing-back Rico Henry pulled one back for the hosts on the hour
- But the visitors held firm despite late pressure to secure a much-needed victory
Norwich City sacked Daniel Farke as their head coach on Saturday night, hours after he led his players in a spirited performance to secure their first Premier League away win in 714 days.
Farke conducted his post-match press conference at the Brentford Community Stadium as usual, unaware that he was about to get the chop. Norwich sporting director Stuart Webber and majority shareholder Delia Smith were in the stands to watch Saturday’s 2-1 win.
That lifted them temporarily from the bottom of the Premier League table before Newcastle’s 1-1 draw, but regardless of the result, Norwich sacked the manager who signed a new four-year deal in the summer.
Norwich manager Daniel Farke was sacked after orchestrating his side’s first win this season
Norwich midfielder Mathias Normann (pictured) scored the opening goal after just six minutes
The Norwegian’s fine solo strike sparked wild celebrations from all his Canaries team-mates
Brentford (3-5-2): Fernandez; Jorgensen (Goode 12), Jansson, Pinnock; Canos, Norgaard, Janelt (Ghoddos 46), Jensen, Henry (Forss 69); Mbeumo, Toney.
Subs: Cox; Stevens, Roerslev, Thompson, Onyeka, Bidstrup.
Goals: Henry 60.
Yellow cards: Toney 4, Goode 28.
Manager: Thomas Frank.
Norwich (4-5-1): Krul; Aarons, Omobamidele, Gibson, Williams; Dowell (Giannoulis 74), Lees-Melou, Normann, McLean, Rashica (Idah 90+5); Pukki (Sargent 78).
Subs: Gunn; Sorensen, Gilmour, Rupp, Placheta, Tzolis.
Goals: Normann 6, Pukki 26 (pen).
Yellow cards: Normann 32, Omobamidele 52, Aarons 90.
Manager: Daniel Farke.
The fact they have acted before the international break suggests they have a replacement lined up.
Paying tribute to Farke, Webber said: ‘In continuing to demand the very best for our football club, this decision was not an easy one.
‘I know how determined Daniel and his staff were to succeed at this level, but we feel that now is the right time for a change to give ourselves the best opportunity of retaining our Premier League status.
‘All at Norwich City should be forever grateful to Daniel and his staff for the significant role they have played in our journey.
‘They helped deliver two Championship titles, many memorable moments and they all fully bought into our philosophy and what it means to be part of this football club.
‘Daniel and his staff will always be welcome back here. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and wish them well for the future.’
Norwich are a self-funded club – something Farke mentioned to the media after saturday’s 2-1 win – but they felt another direction was needed to stop their yo-yoing.
‘It’s important that we now look forward,’ Webber added. ‘We have 27 league games remaining and a long way to go in the current season.
‘We know we have the ability within our playing squad and staff to start picking up points and climbing the league table.’
Farke led Norwich to promotion to the Premier League in 2019 and then in 2021. His backroom staff members Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have also left the club.
Teemu Pukki was then fouled inside the penalty area by Brentford substitute Charlie Goode
Pukki dusted himself off, picked himself up and scored the resulting penalty for a 2-0 lead
Recalled forward Bryan Mbeumo thought he had pulled a goal back for Brentford (pictured)
But it was disallowed by VAR for an offside in the build-up, with striker Ivan Toney penalised
Brentford boss Thomas Frank displays his frustration on a sobering afternoon for the hosts